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Your song RIDE ALL NIGHT(SEXY 1), were forwarded to Mega Trax for listing # S061026AC!
- TAXI (Nov 15, 2006)
Dear Sami, Congratulations! The following song was forwarded to Dispatch listing # D070514IN APACHE The company is Boo Riley Productions / Marvelous Media
- TAXI (May 17, 2007)
Congratulations Sam Makarim your song SALLITTO has bee sent to Q MUSIC COLLECTIVE.
- TAXI (Sep 17, 2007)
Your song GUITAR SAM were forwarded to Noteborn Music for listing # S070112MR!
- TAXI (Feb 6, 2007) - TAXI


"Uncensored":Whiskysam ,a long time and well known area rock group,has released its fourth CD,"Uncensored,"which includes original songs written by Sam D Mkakarim as well as 6 cover songs,and four classical guitar tracks.Musicians on the recording include Makarim,Brian M Brian and Nate Sjoblom,vocals;Bill Martinez,Joe Bailey and Skull,drums and percussion;Brian Rustebakke,bass;and Josh Smothers,guitar. To order:www.whiskysam.com;and whiskysam@hotmail.com;701-741-4667
Paulette tobin - Grand forks Herald (Jun 23, 2008)
Whiskysam:Sam Makarim and his band ,Whiskysam,have recorded their third CD"Vagabond",a CD that Makarim describes as "more mainstream"and with songs such as "Suicide"and "Speedkill", more issue oriented.
Previous recordings:"On the Roxx" 2000;"Phoenician Nights","2006.
About "Vagabond":"If you listen to the style of every song, there will be a mellow part and then it explodes," Makarim said. Example: "Puzzle."
About Sam: Makarim has a degree in music from UND with an emphasis in classical guitar. He's worked for 16 years at the ND State Mill.
Sam's Influences: "I was taught and influenced by the great Armenian guitarist Paul Gauro in Beirut, Lebanon, back in 1962." He describes his style as Mediterranean rock influenced by the Beatles, Beethoven, Led Zeppelin, Mozart, Deep Purple, Metallica and more. Band members: Drummer Bill Martinez, Brian M. Brian on bass and vocals. Brian Rustebakke and Jenny Z (she dosen't use a last name according to Sam) play bass occasionally.
What's next? Whiskysam is about halfway through recording its next CD. "I'm taking South American beats and mixing them with Heavy Metal Riffs." Makarim said.
Paula Tobin - Grand Forks Herald (Apr 13, 2007)
- Grand Forks Herald (Jun 5, 2007 - GRAND FORKS HERALD


'Phoenician Nights'

- Genre: 'Heavy Metal' - Release Date: '2005'

Our Rating:
Even his name rocks.

Listening to "Phoenician Nights" is like drinking shots of hard liquor; it'll create rugburns on your tongue. Whiskysam (http://www.whiskysam.com) is all about the Big Riff, his guitars like hot-wheeled tires that smoke over the asphalt.

This is classic heavy metal - no nonsense, no compromises. Before dissonant garbage such as Korn and Slipknot, metal acts were able to combine both sonic toughness with radio-ready hooks.

Just one blast of "Sexy" on "Phoenician Nights" will kick listeners back into the decadent rock & roll days of Motley Crue and Def Leppard. "I wanna feel your body heat," Whiskysam sings, his guitars dripping with lust.

But it's not all fun and games. "American Soldier" is a stirring homage to the heroes of the U.S. military. It's an anthem that packs quite a wallop, especially the "Apocalypse Now!" helicopters that burst from the speakers. On "Bin Laden," Whiskysam creates a deceptively peaceful and tender narrative that is torn asunder by fears of death.

There is some electrifying guitar playing here, especially on the epic "God of War" with its bodice-ripping solos. No headbanger should live without this.
author: Adam Harrington
Adam Harrington/Uk - whisperin&hollerin (Jan 21, 2006 - Adam harrington


Whiskysam - Phoenician Nights
Whiskysam - Phoenician Nights
Written by Michael Sutton

It rocks. To the head bangers in the audience, that’s all you need to know about Whiskysam’s Phoenician Nights album.

Yes, the words "it rocks" are long past clichéd and somewhat juvenile to use in a professional music review, but that’s the goal of this record. To rock. To rock you all night long. To kick you in the nuts. To have buxom, scantily-clad college girls knocking on your door with a six-pack. The latter probably won’t happen, but Phoenician Nights will explode from your speakers with ‘70s and ‘80s-styled raunch & roll.

Remember when Van Halen was a group that you’re parents didn’t want you to listen to before they actually became one they actually liked? Listen to Whiskysam’s "Sexy" and relish in the political incorrectness of this anthem of pure lust. However, lyrics aren’t really the point here. Heavy metal is about power, the thunderous crack of electric guitars and shouted choruses. And Whiskysam delivers, especially on "God of War," which will make any of today’s metal wanna-be’s bow to Sam Makarim’s fiery soloing. Makarim’s Mediterranean influences also give the music an exotic feel that is deeply refreshing in this genre, especially on "Bin Laden."

Although its main focus is to provide listeners a good time, Whiskysam isn’t afraid of serious subject matter, chastising the enemy on "Bin Laden" and paying tribute to U.S. troops on "American Soldier."

Michael Sutton - CD REVIEWS.COM (Mar 23, 2006) - Michael Sutton

"Glam metal w/a protest edge"

Interview by Karla Ash

Whiskysam: Glam Metal With A Protest Edge

On one hand, Whiskysam celebrates the kind of debauchery that the '80s spandex-metal brigade took to the bank, but there's another side to the group. Vocalist-guitarist Sam Makarim isn't afraid to confront life's darker realities, and in an interview he is just as blunt and unafraid as he is in music.

Karla Ash: How did you get your name, Whiskysam?

Sam Makarim: The Whiskysam name sucks. The original members were sitting drinking whisky three days after the band was formed. I got calls from venues, bars, etc., for bookings asking us what name do you wanna go by? The assholes picked Whiskysam, whatever.

Ash: On "American Soldier," you pay tribute to U.S. troops. Were you ever in the military?

Makarim: We were never in the military. I hate armies, violence, and wars. I feel sorry for all the innocent military people and their families who get dragged into straightening out the world's problems. It really sucks, but somebody has to do it.

Ash: Do you consider yourself political?

Makarim: As you get older you get wiser and dumber, too? I wish everybody would get along. We live in a beautiful world and somebody is going to enjoy it sooner or later because there is more love and wisdom to overcome evil and destruction in every man's heart.

Ash: How long have you been a musician and what made you decide to become one?

Makarim: I was born in Nigeria from Lebanese parents, and I started playing and singing when I was ten years old. I played my first concert two months after I picked up the guitar.
Karla ash - http://www.entertainment.inuk.com/music/interview_whiskysam.html (May 28, 2006) - Karla Ash

"East coast radio"

Congratulations, my friend. Take a look at No. 16.

Michael Sutton
Promotions & Publicity

1. Samantha 7: I wanna be famous
2. Moot Davis: Thick of it now
3. The Blazers: And I feel it
4. American Dog: Too damn sober-Foamin' at the mouth Live
5. American Dog: Dog will hunt
6. Walk The Sky: Castles in the sand
7. Frankenstein 3000: Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
8. American Dog: Sunday Buzz
9. Hilljack: I'll drink to that
10. Cherie Currie and the Street Walking Cheetahs: Cherry Bomb
11. Silver: China Girl
2 pm
12. Barry Russo: Are you listening?
13. Stephen Pearcy: Dream machine
14. American Dog: Got you by a chain-Foamin' at the mouth Live
15. American Dog: Under the blade
16. Whisky Sam: God of War
17. Zan Clan: Mess ya up
18. American Dog: Burnin' yesterday
19. American Dog: She ain't real pretty, but she's all I've got
20. BJ Thomas: Nashville Rain
- East coast radio chart @16 (Feb 19, 2006) - Michael Sutton


1st cd:"on the roxx" 2000 personal project(all original)
2nd cd:"Phoenician nights" 2005 personal project(all original)
3rc cd:"Vagabond" (original)geared for airplay the song Puzzle got national airplay time promoted by the Bryan Farrish agency in santa Monica.
4th cd;"Uncensored"mostly original and some covers ,instrumentals & classical guitars.Geared for commercial and mainstream.



Our music was forwarded by Taxi to Mega Trax,,Media Galleria,and Noteborn music.Also.our songs Puzzle,Speedkill,and sexy were played on some FM stations nationwide.. - Bill Martinez is the main drummer on all gigs and cds

I was taught and influenced by the Beatles & Paul Gauro.Since then I've played all over the world. BA in Music from the University of North Dakota, with a major in Classical guitar.

My style is Mediteranean Rock with influences from many like:

The Beatles, Beethoven, Zepplin, Mozart, Sabbath, Deep Purple, Villa Lobos, Andre Segovia.

A blend of all, resulting in a sort of British American Mediteranean Rock.

My love and inspiration is Phoenicia.

The band members right now: Drummer Bill Martinez ,Brian M Brian on vocals & Bass, Brian Rostabakke filling in on Bass.
Original members Sam Makarim Guitar & voc, Gary Smith Guitar & voc, Gary Adsero Bass & voc, Dennis Dassinger Drums.